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Excerpt from Chapter 1: What This book is About and Why It's Important
"The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering." - Benjamin Spock
When parents and teachers across the world are asked what they want for their children, their answers center on the cornerstones of character and achievement: responsibility, dependability, curiosity, eagerness to learn, self-discipline, sensitivity to others, and willingness to work hard. So, where are the "recipes" to teach these attitudes and behaviors? They are here, in this book.
Everyone says our kids have to know more. To try to make this happen, preschool and school curriculums are being pushed down from first grade to kindergarten, some from third grade to first. This is the wrong way to go. Sure, many of our children can learn more than they are currently learning, but driving the usual curriculum down younger and younger is not a winning solution. Using traditional curricula keyed to test scores ignores the basic prerequisites for character and achievement that our kids need to learn at home.
That's what this book offers - the basics that can be learned easily and naturally before children are school age, so that when they go to school, they go with abilities well beyond the alphabet and counting to ten.
Having taught MegaSkills to school age children for over twenty years, we have been urged to create MegaSkills for children starting at age one and moving to school entry. This program is not designed to create "little Einsteins." It is designed to create curious, positive learners. MegaSkills for Babies, Toddlers, and Beyond is the result of our tested experience and is a response to children's learning needs today, which are greater than the learning needs of yesterday.